A few friends of mine were comparing "pay for play" situations in our musical lives.
We all have made a little money playing weddings and such but when it comes to being paid for providing music for an evening, my friend John has the best story.
He was hired by a group to play a show in Montana. They paid for his travel and such with the promise of financial compensation after the show.
The show ends and the people sheepishly explained that they didn't make enough on the show to pay him the agreed wage.
They handed him a little money, a used pair of cowboy boots and a bag full of Elk meat.
John wins, how can we ever top that?